Anorak | Madeleine McCann: 38 ‘suspects’, parents ruled out and new theories

Madeleine McCann: 38 ‘suspects’, parents ruled out and new theories

by | 5th, July 2013

MADELEINE McCANN: Anorak’s look at the missing child dubbed ‘Our Maddie’ in the news:

BBC : “Madeleine McCann: New leads spark Met formal inquiry”

Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, who is heading what has been called Operation Grange, said: “The review has given us new thinking, new theories, new evidence and new witnesses.”

What new theories? That she wandered off? It’s taken as fact that she was abducted.

Sky News : “Madeleine McCann’s parents have welcomed the launch of a new UK police investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.”

A Met Police review has identified 38 “persons of interest” who detectives want to speak to in relation to the suspected abduction in 2007 – almost twice as many as previously thought.

Officers say they are moving from the case review to an “investigative stage of the inquiry” and now intend to pursue more information about those individuals – 12 of whom are UK nationals

Interesting stuff. It looks like progress.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is heading up the inquiry, states:

“We have been in a unique position over the last two years in drawing together three strands – Portuguese, UK and private investigators’ material. From that vast quantity of material analysed we have identified 38 persons of interest and 12 who are UK nationals, and it is from that position that we are able to move from review to investigation.”

British and Portuguese police are working well together.

DCI Redwood feels a need to add:

“There is no clear, definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead.”

He’s right.

“On that basis I genuinely believe there is a possibility she is still alive. And so I would like to ask the public to continue to look for her.”

Does the word”genuinely” make us think that he thinks the opposite?

This is what he said in 2012:

“From the outset we have approached this review with a completely open mind, placing Madeleine McCann at the heart of everything we do. We are working on the basis of two possibilities here. One is that Madeleine is still alive; and the second that she is sadly dead.”

A spokesman for the McCanns replies:

“Kate and Gerry warmly welcome the shift in the Met’s emphasis from review to investigation. It is clearly a big step forward in establishing what happened and, hopefully, towards bringing whoever is responsible for Madeleine’s abduction to justice.”

Daily Telegraph (front page): “Police: every chance Madeleine is alive”

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Every chance she’s alive? Or a possibility she’s alive?

DCI Redwood adds:

“Whether we will be able to solve it is a different issue, but I hope that we will be able to have the ability to move the investigation on.”

Daily Star (front page): “Maddie is still alive”




The Daily Express is less certain on its front page: “British police think she’s alive.”

Well, no. They think she could be alive. Genuinely.

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And the Daily Mirror focuses on the British persons of interest by branding them suspects. No evidence. No new evidence.

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